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Gerri Detweiler

Director of Consumer Education, Credit.com |  In Personal Finance, Managing Debt

Gerri Detweiler is Credit.com’s Director of Consumer Education. She focuses on helping people understand their credit and debt, and writes about those issues, as well as financial legislation, budgeting, debt recovery and savings strategies. She is also the co-author of Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights, and Reduce Stress: Real-Life Solutions for Solving Your Credit Crisis as well as host of TalkCreditRadio.com.

Where Did Cyber Monday Come From?

Personal Finance

Where Did Cyber Monday Come From?

Where Did Cyber Monday Come From?

If the origins of Black Friday are just a little murky, the beginnings of its electronic sibling, Cyber Monday, are crystal-clear: The National Retail Foundation dreamed it up and promoted it. The term was first used in a 2005 press release from shop.org (a division of the National Retail Foundation) that said “Cyber Monday” was becoming… Read More

Where Did Black Friday Come From?

Personal Finance

Where Did Black Friday Come From?

Where Did Black Friday Come From?

There was a time when there was no “Black Friday.” On Thanksgiving, people overate, watched football on TV or played it in the yard, and then settled in to check the newspaper, thick and heavy with ads, to make a plan for the after-Thanksgiving sales. That’s what they were called: after-Thanksgiving sales. Black Friday hadn’t… Read More

How Much Do You Need for a Down Payment on a Car?

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How Much Do You Need for a Down Payment on a Car?

How Much Do You Need for a Down Payment on a Car?

Conventional wisdom says that a good down payment for a car is about 20% of its total price. That’s because cars typically lose about 21% of their original value the first year. The logic was that if something happened to the car, it wouldn’t necessarily total your finances as well. If, for example, you had a… Read More

Can You Shoplift Online?

Personal Finance

Can You Shoplift Online?

Can You Shoplift Online?

Most consumers wouldn’t dream of slipping a piece of jewelry in their purse and walking out without paying for it. They’d never eat a candy bar while shopping then conveniently “forget” about it. But there is another type of shoplifting that doesn’t require a consumer to set foot in a store, and as a result… Read More

How This 28-Year-Old Paid Off $81K in Debt

Managing Debt

How This 28-Year-Old Paid Off $81K in Debt

How This 28-Year-Old Paid Off $81K in Debt

As a kid, Austin Netzley remembered being enthralled with the concept of money and promising himself that one day he’d be wealthy. And now, at 28, by most people’s measure, he is. He’s been an athlete, student, engineer and entrepreneur. And now, with his book “Make Money, Live Weathy,” he’s also an author and speaker…. Read More

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